We Are Your Family, Friends and Neighbors. We are Montanans.
We're all about Montana's future. Through the power of permanently endowed funds, we help people achieve their philanthropic goals and nonprofit organizations establish stable incomes to support their efforts. Our mission is to cultivate a culture of giving so Montana communities can flourish.
Since 1988, the Montana Community Foundation has worked tirelessly to create permanent philanthropy and build stronger communities. Our work with donors, charitable organizations, cities and towns plays a critical role in both philanthropic and community development. Since our founding, we have reinvested more than $37 million in Montana. In just the past 10 years, we have awarded more than 8,000 grants totaling more than $18.6 million.
Our work would not be possible without the careful stewardship and administration of the more than 900 charitable funds and planned gifts entrusted to us, which now total more than $80 million. A dedicated board of directors, as well as an experienced and professional staff provide personal service and local expertise to deliver the greatest impact for your charitable giving.
What is a community foundation?
Community foundations help build and strengthen community and bring together people and organizations that want to make a positive impact in the world. They are tax-exempt public charities that guide philanthropy and are dedicated to improving the quality of life in the areas they serve.
Individuals, families, businesses and organizations work with community foundations to create permanent charitable funds that help meet the challenges of changing times. The foundation invests and administers these funds.
For donors, community foundations offer a range of charitable giving options and philanthropic advice that help fulfill donors' charitable and financial goals.
For the geographic region they serve, community foundations provide leadership, expertise and capital to address social issues and serve as a resource for nonprofit, civic, government and philanthropic organizations.
There are more than 750 community foundations in the United States including 75 in Montana alone.